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Pediatric Sleep Program

The Pediatric Sleep Program provides a comprehensive range of evaluations and treatments for children from birth through adolescence who experience sleepiness or sleeplessness. We are the only Bay Area sleep center that evaluates children younger than five years old.

We diagnose and treat everything from common conditions like sleep apnea to complex conditions with associated sleep problems, such as neuromuscular diseases that require noninvasive ventilation, genetic and craniofacial syndromes with associated sleep apnea and sleep problems, children with tracheostomy who require support from a mechanical ventilator, and children with severe heart and lung disease who may need oxygen or other forms of ventilator support. We also help assess behavioral and developmental disorders that can be associated with sleep problems, such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We also conduct electroencephalogram (EEG) tests, which detect electrical activity in the brain and can help diagnose epilepsy. EEG results are evaluated by pediatric neurologists from Stanford Children Health’s Brain and Behavior Center.

We partner with medical device manufacturers to bring cutting-edge treatments to the Sleep Center. Recent collaborations include a noninvasive respiration rate tracker for patients with asthma.

Our physicians specialize in sleep medicine and pediatric pulmonology, helping us deliver high-quality, comprehensive care for medically complex patients with respiratory and sleep problems. The team also includes registered respiratory therapists and registered polysomnographic technicians.

The Sleep Center is an eight-bed state-of-the-art unit located at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, a Stanford Children’s Health community partner hospital. One parent can sleep in the same room as the child during overnight stays.

Depending on the child’s needs, we also offer actigraphy – a way to monitor sleep patterns by wearing a watch-like device on the wrist instead of conducting a traditional sleep study.

Sleep tips for children

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When kids are asleep, their brains are working hard on developmental activities like memory consolidation (the process of putting experiences in order, learning what’s important and unlearning what’s not). Sadly, just knowing your kids need a good night’s sleep doesn’t mean they’ll get it.

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